Taijutsu

What is Taijutsu? Taijutsu (体術, literally “body technique” or “body skill”) is a Japanese blanket term for any combat skill, technique, or system of martial art using body movements that are described as an empty-hand combat skill or system. In other simpler words, Taijutsu is martial art technique without weapons. Taijutsu is a synonym for …

Is Aikido a ‘Weapons Art’?

If Aikido Works Like a Sword, Then is it a ‘Weapons Art’? A ‘Weapons Art’ uses a weapon or weapons (Eg Sword, Staff, Shinai, Etc) in martial practice. Popular examples are Arnis (Filipino Martial Art) and Kendo (Japanese Martial Art of Fencing). Aikido is based on the arts of the sword and staff. So is it …

Tanren Uchi Exercise

Tanren: 7 Points To Consider When Training Tanren in Japanese means to forge or hammered into strength, like a new sword getting shaped on an anvil. The first time I saw an Aikido Tanren was at Mic Marelli Sensei’s ‘Aiki Kunren (Shuren) Dojo’ on the North Shore of Sydney. It was made up of a …

Bokken: The Humble Stick

You Too Can Have a Good Aikido Bokken Even Though You are Just Starting A Bokken is a wooden sword that the Aikidoka and other Japanese Martial Artists use to learn the art of the sword. The Aikidoka uses the bokken (wooden sword) for training because it’s safer than practising on a live razor-sharp katana. …

Osae Waza

Aikido Osae Waza Osae Waza: Control or Pinning Techniques Osae Waza comes from the Japanese word Osaeru (抑える) which means ‘to control, suppress, or control’. ‘Osae Waza’ means suppressing, pinning, or controlling techniques. The purpose of Osae Waza is to suppress or control an attack or aggression. Osae Waza is usually learned from Suwariwaza ‘sitting …

Five Things I Wish I Knew About Aikido

Five Things I Wish I Knew About Aikido Before I Started I officially started Aikido in 1991, after dabbling with it for three to four years in my tweens. In hindsight,  I would’ve probably would’ve done things differently to fast-tracked my learning. Here are seven things I wish I knew about Aikido before I started. …

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